Judah’s Sins Denounced

Woe to those who add house to house(A)
and join field to field
until there is no more room
and you alone are left in the land.

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Woe to Samaria

28 Woe to the majestic crown of Ephraim’s drunkards,(A)
and to the fading flower of its beautiful splendor,
which is on the summit above the rich valley.
Woe to those overcome with wine.

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Woe to Jerusalem

29 Woe to Ariel,[a] Ariel,
the city where David camped!(A)
Continue year after year;
let the festivals recur.

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Footnotes

  1. 29:1 Or Altar Hearth, or Lion of God; Hb obscure, also in v. 2

15 Woe to those who go to great lengths
to hide their plans from the Lord.(A)
They do their works in the dark,
and say, “Who sees us? Who knows us?” (B)

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Condemnation of the Egyptian Alliance

30 Woe to the rebellious children!(A)
This is the Lord’s declaration.
They carry out a plan,(B) but not mine;
they make an alliance,
but against my will,
piling sin on top of sin.

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The Lord, the Only Help

31 Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help(A)
and who depend on horses!
They trust in the abundance of chariots
and in the large number of horsemen.(B)
They do not look(C) to the Holy One of Israel
and they do not seek the Lord.

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The Lord Rises Up

33 Woe, you destroyer never destroyed,
you traitor never betrayed!
When you have finished destroying,
you will be destroyed.
When you have finished betraying,
they will betray you.(A)

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“Woe to the one who argues with his Maker—
one clay pot among many.[a]
Does clay say to the one forming it,
‘What are you making?’ (A)
Or does your work say,
‘He has no hands’?[b]

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Footnotes

  1. 45:9 Lit a clay pot with clay pots of the ground
  2. 45:9 Or making? Your work has no hands.

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